|LREC 2000 2nd International Conference on Language Resources & Evaluation
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|Experiences of Language Engineering Algorithm Reuse
|Gambäck Björn (Information and Language Engineering Group, Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Box 1263, S 164 29 Kista, Sweden, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Olsson Fredrik (Information and Language Engineering Group, Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Box 1263, S 164 29 Kista, Sweden, email@example.com)
|Language Processing Resource Reusability, LE Platforms
|Session WO4 - Reusability Issues
|Traditionally, the level of reusability of language processing resources within the research community has been very low. Most of the recycling of linguistic resources has been concerned with reuse of data, e.g., corpora, lexica, and grammars, while the algorithmic resources far too seldom have been shared between di˙erent projects and institutions. As a consequence, researchers who are willing to reuse somebody else's processing components have been forced to invest major e˙orts into issues of integration, inter-process communication, and interface design. In this paper, we discuss the experiences drawn from the svensk project regarding the issues on reusability of language engineering software as well as some of the challenges for the research community which are prompted by them. Their main characteristics can be laid out along three dimensions; technical/software challenges, linguistic challenges, and `political' challenges. In the end, the unavoidable conclusion is that it de˝nitely is time to bring more aspects of engineering into the Computational Linguistic community!